The Andromeda Galaxy's Globular Cluster System

Globular Clusters (GCs) Globular clusters are groups of roughly spherical, densely packed stars. They are thought to have formed at the same time as most galaxies and the stars which make them up are some of the oldest known–thus GCs are an excellent probe of galaxy formation and evolution. They have a high central stellar Read More …

Quantum Field Theory (QFT), General Relativity (GR), and Other Exciting Diversions (OED)

QFT I’m lucky to have a job in which I can take two weeks of mornings of work to study a nominally tangential subject in greater depth. These past two weeks I attended a series of  lectures at the ETH on physics beyond the standard model, the first week was very technical but exciting to Read More …

Semester in Review

This semester was my first full semester as a PhD student. I got my feet wet with some projects, assisted teaching a course, and advised a student on his Bachelor’s thesis. After a semester of  what amounted to preparation, I’m excited to bring both my teaching and projects to the next level this coming semester. Read More …

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2010. That’s about Read More …